Notice to Owners, Drivers and Crews

First of all welcome from LODBRS Safety and Tech. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). As we start the 2014 season, I will remind everyone that your input as to the rules and any corrections or additions, are needed and welcome.


PWC Age Requirement Lowered

The LODBRS Rules Committee has lowered the minimum age requirement, for PWC 2, from 14 to 13 years of age.  Please refer to Rule 7.3.3 (pg 28), in the 2014 rule book for details. Please note that riders under the age 16 are required to have a state approved boaters safety course, if available in their state.

Rule Changes for 2014:
Go to the Tech & Safety page for a quick reference of this years rule changes.

Check your Driver’s License / Physical expiration date, capsule dunk date and safety equipment recertification dates: Jackets, Blower Restraints, Seat Belts, (if due, you might consider a 6/7 point system) and Helmets. Snell 2000 helmets are no longer approved. Please note that all drivers and boats participating in any LODBRS, ADBA, CDBA, KDBA, SDBA or SLDBA event, regardless if the association you belong to is affiliated with LODBRS or not, will have to be in compliance with all the rules contained in the 2014 LODBRS Rulebook.

Capsule Boats:
LODBRS will continue Capsule Recertification Program this season, along with sonic testing of cages. If you don’t have, or are missing a SFI sticker, let us know, and we will assist you in getting them.

“J” type latches are no longer approved. They need to be replaced with a “striker” type system. A water detection switch, which may or may not turn on bilge pump, located inside the capsule, in plain sight of the driver, is now required. Knee and Shin protectors are required in all Capsule boats.

Also: check your Capsule floatation: 12”x12”x1” = 4.5 lbs buoyancy. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your Association Safety/Tech if you have questions.

Air Supply:
Check the expiration dates on your air bottle(s) - ‘VIP’ (visual inspection – due annually) and ‘DOT’ (hydrostatic insp. – due every five (5) years). Stage one (tank) and stage two (helmet) systems need to be inspected/rebuilt by a dive shop or mfg., every three years.

Pump Loaders, Props, Prop Shafts:
These need to be dye checked regularly. We experienced failures last year. Not only is your safety at stake but also that of your opponent and the race officials.

There are downloads available on the website for Capsule, Boat and Driver Safety Inspection, and LODBRS Safety Inspection Sheet.

Generator and RV Generator Exhaust:
As our sport grows, so does the amount of RV’s and use of aux. generators. With more racers and crews spending the night in the pits, it is time to address carbon monoxide emissions .It is recommended that the use of venturi type exhaust stacks be used. These can be purchased at RV Stores, or constructed. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for plans.

Open Boat Kill Switch Lanyards:
The Lanyard should activate the kill switch anytime the driver’s posterior travels more than 18” from the sitting/ driving position. Check your lanyard and be aware that a ‘coiled type’ lanyard can stretch further than 18”, allowing the driver to be further in harms way.

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Rule Changes for 2014:

Membership Rule Book

 3.4 - Optional Classes

All open boats shall run the 1320' course. Gambler and Second Chance: Will be restricted to open boats and PWC only. Boats must stay within .30 sec of the class for which the driver is licensed and/or registered. (100 mph+ requires torso type life jacket and SFI/Snell Helmet). PWC and boats will run separately, at Race Directors discretion.        

Additional classes (i.e.: Super Eliminator, etc) may be added by the Promoter. Optional Classes are offered as time allows, and at the discretion of the Race Director and or Promoter.

All optional classes will be offered if time allows and at the discretion of the race director and promoter.

3.6 Pit Spaces

Top Fuel Hydro 80' x 35'
Top Alcohol Hydro, Top Alcohol Fuel, Pro Modified 80' x 25' or 60' x 25' depending on trailer length
All Others 60' x 25'

If larger space is needed, it is the Drivers/Owners responsibility to notify Race Promoter, and make prior arrangements. All equipment, including, but not limited to, Tow Vehicles, RV's, Crew Vehicles, Golf Carts, etc., must fit in assigned pit space, or parked outside of the pits.

5.5 Excessive ET - Open Boats

No open boat, on any pass, will be allowed to run quicker than 7.70 sec. ET on a ¼ mile, or 5.70 sec ET on a 1000' course.

Any Open Boat running in excess of .30 sec of its class could be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the Race Director.

7.3.3 - Age Requirement

All drivers in the Professional and Sportsman classes must have attained a minimum age of eighteen (18) years in order to apply for and be granted a Competition Drivers License. Drivers in the RR, SE and ME classes are not required to have a Competition Drivers License, but they must have attained a minimum age of sixteen (16) years. PWC1 must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age. PWC2 must be a minimum of fourteen (14) years of age with a state approved boaters safety course, and sixteen (16) years of age without a state approved boaters safety course. Maximum age is seventeen (17) years of age.

7.3.5 - Duration of LIcense

All Competition Drivers Licenses are issued for a two (2) year period, and will coincide with the Drivers Physical date. A fee as indicated in Appendix E will be charged for the License. It is the Drivers responsibility to keep the License and Physical current.

7.3.9 - License Renewal

In order to renew a Competition Drivers License, a driver must submit a renewal application along with a new physical examination (see "Physical" above). If a license has expired and remained inactive for six (6) months or longer, the driver, at the Sanction Supervisor or Race Directors discretion may be required to take a new Competition Drivers License test. The driver must also pay the license renewal fee as indicated in Appendix E.

7.3.11b - Drivers License Test

The Race Director or designee shall be responsible for instructing the testing Driver as to what requirements will be needed to pass test.

7.4.12 - Time Slips

Time Slips will be available to all boats making a pass, with the exception of boats making a Safety Pass.

7.6.3 - Qualifying Attempt

All boats will be given an opportunity to qualify by class in order to compete in eliminations. Any boat that does not report to the launch ramp and complete a qualifying attempt when called by class will receive no time as well as no makeup pass. Any capsule boat which reports to the launch ramp for the purpose of making a qualifying attempt, and is found to have the driver's air tank not properly filled, will forfeit that qualifying attempt and receive no makeup attempt. Once a boat is in the water and leaves either the launch ramp or the launch ramp holding rope heading to the starting line holding rope, no further outside mechanical assistance or repairs will be permitted. If any boat still at the launch ramp or launch ramp holding rope requires outside mechanical assistance or repairs when instructed to proceed to the starting line holding rope, the time allowed to receive the assistance or to complete the repairs will automatically end when the last boat (excluding the boat[s] receiving assistance or making repairs) in that scheduled round has reached the starting line holding rope. Under no circumstances will the race program be delayed in order to accommodate any boat receiving outside assistance or making repairs. A qualifying attempt is defined as the boat reaching the starting line holding rope under its own power (if required to drive to the holding rope), leaving the holding rope when so instructed, under its own power, and subsequently crossing the starting line. Regardless of whether or not the run is completed, if the above requirements are met, the boat will be deemed to have made a valid qualifying attempt. If a boat is unable to start when called upon, the starter may allow the remainder of the class to run, and then 35 recall that boat. If the boat is still unable to start, that qualifying attempt will be forfeited and no makeup attempt will be permitted. If the boat is towed, the driver must have all safety gear in place and may not remove any of it once he leaves the in ramp. Doing so will result in disqualification of that qualifying or elimination round.

7.7.11 - Break Rule (Deleted)

All boats will be given an opportunity to qualify by class in order to compete in eliminations. Any boat that does not report to the launch ram 

7.7.15d - Qualifying Attempt

Safety, such as, but not limited to, hooking the holding rope, crossing the center line or outer boundaries of the race course, or hitting any course equipment while under acceleration or own power. Centerline and outside bouys may be touched, deflating or unmooring will result in elimination.

7.7.16m - Any boat that fails to pass a Safety Inspection after damage has occurred to the hull.

8.9 Boat Numbers/Class Designator

Only numbers and association affiliation letter are allowed. Change SLDBA from SL to M

8.37 Throttle

Throttle butterflies (carburetor, injector hat, injectors) must be manually operated by the driver's foot (or hand in a handicap approved application) via a direct cable connection. No electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic or any other mechanism may be installed in line between the foot (hand device) pedal and the butterflies, that would apply positive (open) throttle.

9.2 Helmets

All crash helmets must be proper fitting, and meet as a minimum either the "SNELL specification, "SFI 31.1" specification (open face), or "SFI 31.2" specification (full face). All helmets will be within twelve (12) years of the SFI / Snell rating. A label indicating the rating must be permanently attached to the inside of the helmet, or the rating must be stamped into the helmet itself. All helmets must fully cover the head, neck, and ears. With the exception of the driver's boat being under tow, helmets must be worn by drivers at all times while on the water.

9.11 Shin and Knee Protectors

All Capsule Boat drivers are required to wear shin and knee protectors. These must be worn externally. The Safety Inspector may approve the removal of the knee protector if found that it interferes with the Drivers ability to operate the boat.

10.9 Latches

"J" type latches are no longer approved. Door bolt action type or inverted over center type systems may be used."


Capsule Re-certification Program

Rule 10.2 Capsules – SFI 36.1 and 36.2 specs call for the capsule shell and windshield to be re-certified every two years. This re-certification shall be done by the original manufacturer, as long as they are still a SFI certified capsule manufacturer.

In order to comply with this long ignored program, LODBRS will be available to re-certify capsules and windshields under the following conditions:

The manufacturer is no longer in business
The manufacturer is no longer SFI certified
The manufacturer is un willing to re-certify capsules and windshields

LODBRS will charge a fee of $60.00, to cover cost of stickers.

The following manufacturers are currently SFI certified:

  • Jim Dunn – Bullet Fiberglass (559) 822-2011

Rule 10.26 Roll Cage – cages must be sonic tested every three years.

LODBRS will do sonic testing at, no charge, at all National events. Sonic testing can be done by qualified sonic testing inspectors (NHRA, NASCAR, LODBRS, SFI) or Sanctioning Association. Contact tech@lucasoildragboats or your Association for further info.

Note: The individual Drag Boat Associations may, after approval from SFI, offer to do capsule re-certification. Contact your association for details.

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Kill Switch Lanyard

Kill Switch Lanyards are designed to activate the Kill Switch when the driver's posterior is more than 18" out of the seat. Check your lanyard length, be aware of, "Coil Type", lanyards, as they sometimes stretch and exceed the 18" distance required by rule.

Jet Boats

Pump Loaders need to be inspected on a regular basis. Ensure that Pop-Off valves operate as designed.

At the recent NJBA race in Bakersfield, a pump loader failed, forcing the stern of the boat out of the water, rendering the ratchet and relief valve useless. The boat was destroyed, the driver is ok, and safety equipment worked.

Investigation showed that the loader was constructed from mild steel and mig welded. Also the design had been altered and ground on. Note that a weld did not fail. The loader cracked on the right side on angle going from the 'grate' up to the mount.

PLEASE:  pull your loaders out and inspect them for cracks etc. The hi-frequency vibrations that occur, can lead to failure. A dye penetrate test kit would be the way to go on this. This is a voluntary inspection and is the responsibility of the owner/driver.

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Steering Boxes

Check universal coupling for cracks, and the side mounts for security.

It has been brought to the  attention of LODBRS Safety/Tech that there has been a failure of the universal slip joint between the steering shaft and box. The failure was a crack on the slip hub part of the  universal, the crack opening up, under power (prop blast hitting rudder) and causing the splines to start "skipping" between the coupler and box. Fortunately the driver and boat were ok, but with the rudder moving around without driver input, caused 'some' concern.

It is desirable that you inspect your couplers, and dye check them.

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Pump Loaders!

Another jet boat totaled and Driver injured. This is preventable

  1. a. Go to a welding supply and purchase a dye penetrate kit. They are easy to use, take little time, and will help you inspect your loader for cracks. Prop guys have been doing this for years. Do this between rounds 

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Drain Plug Failure!

When is the last time you did maintenance on your drain plugs?

  1. Take plugs apart and clean and lube the screw parts – replace plug if corroded, stripped, or worn.
  2. Inspect the rubber and if cracked or worn, replace plug
  3. Remember that in most sponsons, the plug only goes thru a ¼" of material
  4. Instruct crew members to hold onto outside edge of plug, while installing/tightening
  5. Start using a check list at the in ramp


Licensed Classes

Driver's Check Your Expiration Dates

If your last physical is dated prior to 6/11/2010 your license will be expired prior to the first Wheatland event and possibly your first Divisional event. A Current physical is required to renew your license and must be on file with ALL Associations you race with as well

Safety Sheets

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Boats that do not conform to the Professional Classes listed in rule 3.1.1, will be assigned a class by the Race Director, based on performance.